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What is a PEMF Machine?

One of the questions we're asked the most often at Cell Coil is, "What is a PEMF Machine?!" If you've never heard of one before or if you're new to the technology, it can be really difficult to understand.

In this article, we'll break down what a PEMF machine is, how it works, what it does, and why you might need one.

What is a PEMF Machine?

A PEMF machine is a device that sends electromagnetic fields to the body for therapeutic purposes. The machine creates pulsing electromagnetic waves that can be directed to a specific area of the body or encompass the whole body, depending on your therapeutic needs.

That being said, there are many ways to deliver PEMF waves. You can find many different types of PEMF machines, including cell coils, mats, pads and vibration plates.

Regardless of its shape or size, every PEMF machine has the same goal: to deliver specific amounts of energy to specific parts of your body. The one that works best for you will depend on your needs and preferences.

Types of PEMF Machines

As you consider which type of PEMF device is right for you, it's important to consider the aspects that are most important to you.

  • Do you want something portable, that can you can take with you and use anywhere?

  • Do you want something that is affordable or do you want to splurge on something more expensive?

  • What part of your body do you want to target?

These are all factors that should be considered carefully when weighing your decision.

Cell Coils

At Cell Coil, we have a mission to make PEMF therapy more accessible for everyone. Our small devices are designed to fit comfortably wherever you are and whatever position you want to use. In fact, the Cell Coil line can deliver treatment in any area from your head down to your toes!

Cell Coil products can deliver any wave form in any range between 1 and 500 hertz. The magnetic field strength can range from 1 to 100 gauss!

To browse the full line of Cell Coil products, please visit our store.

PEMF Mats & Pads

Patients who prefer PEMF mats typically want to target their back, hips or full body. Although there are many different PEMF mats available, they are typically around 65 inches long and 25 inches wide.

Some users like to use PEMF mats because they are easy to set up and understand. The mats are not complicated and are usually designed for a generic, whole-body therapy.

There are many drawbacks to using PEMF mats. These include:

  • The mats may not be a great fit for all body types due to their size limitations.

  • The mats cannot be used in different positions, as it requires you to lay on a flat surface.

  • The mats can only target certain parts of the body.

PEMF Vibration Plates

PEMF vibration plates are another option for patients who want to start PEMF therapy. Vibration plates have been widely touted in the media for a variety of different applications, but they are often the most expensive PEMF machine you can buy.

Some users like PEMF vibration plates because they are straightforward to use. However, many people dislike them due to their size, weight, and higher cost.

Some other drawbacks of PEMF vibration plates include:

  • Vibration therapy can be more intense and difficult to tolerate. It's important to carefully follow the guidance of the manufacturer's documentation and your medical professionals when using vibration plates.

  • Vibration plates can be very noisy.

  • Vibration plates are generally heavier than other PEMF devices. This can make it difficult to store them and impossible to travel with them. If you have limited space or want something portable, vibration plates are probably not the right PEMF machine for you.

How do they work?

Every PEMF machine directs a small amount of energy into the body through pulsed electromagnetic fields. These fields are designed to stimulate the body's own natural healing processes.

Here's a more in-depth look of how PEMF machines work.

Things to Consider

When you purchase a PEMF machine, there are many important factors that you need to consider. For example, the size of the product can drastically impact your ability to use it in different places and positions. The price of the product is another factor that can heavily influence your decision.

You may encounter unfamiliar terminology when shopping for your PEMF device. Some of these terms include 'hertz' and 'gauss.' These are different types of measurements that explain how effective the device may be for your needs.


Hertz is a unit of measurement used to quantify frequency. It represents the number of cycles or oscillations per second in a periodic phenomenon. In the context of PEMF machines, hertz refers to the frequency of the pulsating electromagnetic fields emitted by the device.

For example, if a PEMF machine operates at a frequency of 10 Hz, it means that it produces 10 cycles or oscillations per second. The hertz measurement determines the speed or rate at which the electromagnetic waves are pulsed.

Most PEMF devices generate very low frequencies and long wavelengths, so they will range from 1 hertz up to 500 hertz or so. Lower numbers indicate that the wave is lower and slower than higher numbers.

Many devices can only go up to 50 hertz, which does not give you a lot of variety. If you want to be able to scale the intensity of your PEMF machine, make sure you choose something with a wider hertz range.


Gauss is a term that measures the magnetic field of the device. It's a term most frequently used by astrophysicists, so most people don't know what it means.

One gauss (G) is equal to one maxwell per square centimeter (Mx/cm²). It represents the magnetic flux density or the strength of the magnetic field at a specific point in space. In other words, it measures the amount of magnetic force per unit area.

To provide some context, the Earth's magnetic field has an average strength of approximately 0.5 gauss (or 50 microteslas). In comparison, some PEMF devices may generate magnetic fields with intensities ranging from a few gauss up to several hundred gauss, depending on the specific settings and intended applications.

Once again, choosing a PEMF machine that offers a wider gauss range will give you more options for your PEMF therapy.

Clinical vs. Home Devices

It is not uncommon for primary care doctors, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and chiropractors to use PEMF therapies with their patients. Since they are medical providers and can supervise your in-office sessions, your provider may use a PEMF machine with a higher hertz and gauss setting than your ordinary at-home machine may provide.

Fortunately, Cell Coil products can range up to 100 gauss and are more similar to the devices you might find in a clinic. If you want a clinical PEMF experience in the comfort of your own home, don't forget to stop by our online store and pick up your Cell Coil today.


It's important to buy the right PEMF machine for your needs. This article discussed the different types of machines, such as Cell Coils, mats, pads, and vibration plates. We explained the benefits and drawbacks of each, and reminded you that it's important to consider factors like size, price, and intended use when choosing a PEMF machine.

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